sub·​cat·​e·​go·​ri·​za·​tion | \ ˌsəb-ˌka-ti-gə-rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce subcategorization (audio) \
plural subcategorizations

Definition of subcategorization

: the act of categorizing something or the state of being categorized at a lower or secondary level : a secondary categorization A neophyte … could still arrive at the same wine in their glass using a different methodology. Thanks to [Paolo] Meregalli's clever subcategorization by flavor, mouthfeel, and descriptions, what could be a bewildering list for newbies is easy to navigate.— Lauren Mowery

Other Words from subcategorization

subcategorize \ ˌsəb-​ˈka-​ti-​gə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce subcategorize (audio) \ transitive verb subcategorized; subcategorizing
populations categorized by language and subcategorized by dialect

First Known Use of subcategorization

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Subcategorization.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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